Seffrin received a bachelor's degree in biology from Ball State in
1966. He was a professor of health education and chair of the Department of
Applied Health Science at Indiana University. During 20 years as an American
Cancer Society volunteer, he chaired the Indiana Division board of directors,
followed by the national board from 1989 to 1991.
Seffrin was named chief executive officer (CEO) of the American
Cancer Society in 1992. In addition to serving as the Society's top executive,
he is also the CEO of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, the
Society’s nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy affiliate, as well as a past
president of the Union for International Cancer Control, the first globally
oriented non-governmental cancer organization.
Seffrin received an Honorary Doctorate of Science in 1994 from
Ball State and joined the Ball State University Foundation board in 2004. He
lives in Atlanta with his wife, Carole, a 1966 graduate of Ball State.
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